Old timers tell me that mongoose fish is a “good eating” type of fish. It is part of the wrasse family.
Now I’m not sure as to why it’s called a mongoose fish because I don’t see a resemblance to the four-footed, long-tailed animal. Maybe it’s because they both have narrow and pointy snouts, beady eyes, and patterned skin or fur? Who knows?
I would never eat a mongoose
They were initially introduced to control our rat population but instead lead to the decimation of our native Hawaiian animal species, especially our bird population. To me, they are like brown rats with thicker tails. They scurry across the roads while you are driving and dig into the trash. According to The Hawaii Invasive Species Council, their destructive behavior cause millions of dollars in damages every year. We don’t like them so much in Hawaii that there is a fine if you introduce, keep, or breed them.